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Despite Protests, Several Museums Sell Off Collection Artworks at Auction

ArtfixDaily / May 19th, 2021

A handful of U.S. museums sent collection artworks to the auction block at a Sotheby's American art sale that totalled $15 million on Wednesday. Women artists in the sale including Mary Cassatt, Georgia O'Keeffe, Grandma Moses and Gertude Abercrombie brought big prices for some small-sized works ...

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art Receives Major Gift of 50 Artworks From Collector Gordon W. Bailey

ArtfixDaily / May 19th, 2021

The Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi, Mississippi has received a major donation of 50 artworks by Los Angeles-based, advocate and collector Gordon W. Bailey. The transformative gift features African American artists Leroy Almon, David Butler, Richard Dial, Thornton Dial, Minnie Evans, Roy ...

The Collection of Artists Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Tops $8 Million at Christie's

ArtfixDaily / May 18th, 2021

On Tuesday, Christie’s Fields of Vision: The Private Collection of Artists Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason totaled $8,122,375 and was 96% sold by lot and 152% hammer sold above low estimate. Both artists Wolf Kahn (1927-2020) and Emily Mason (1932-2019), who split their time between New ...

Whitney Museum Workers Seek To Unionize

New York Times / May 17th, 2021

Employees at The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York are looking to form a union under the United Automobile Workers. The New York Times reported that a petition asking for a union vote was filed on Monday with the National Labor Relations Board by the Technical, Office, and Professional ...

'Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art' Traveling Exhibition Begins Appearances

ArtfixDaily / May 13th, 2021

This exhibition opens June 12 – September 5, 2021, at Toledo Museum of Art; travels from October 7, 2021 – January 2, 2022 to Speed Art Museum; and from February 19 – May 15, 2022, arrives at Minneapolis Institute of Art. Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art is the ...

The American Art Fair Marks Spring 2021 American Art Week With Exhibitions In Galleries and Online

ArtfixDaily / May 13th, 2021

The American Art Fair celebrates spring 2021 American Art Week from May 15-22 with Open Houses by appointment at most galleries during the opening weekend, featured in-gallery exhibitions, as well as online highlights at theamericanartfair.com through June 30. The Spring 2021 American Art Week ...

Basquiat Brings $93.1 Million at Christie's; Records Toppled at Sotheby's $596.8 Million Trio of Sales

ArtfixDaily / May 12th, 2021

A 1983 painting by Haitian-American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat reached $93.1 million on Tuesday at a Christie’s auction in New York, nearly twice its estimated price. A ten-minute bidding battle between three phone bidders for “In This Case” began at $40 million, escalated quickly to $50 ...

Takashi Murakami Guest Curates 'Super-Rough' With Outsider Art Fair Dealers in New York

ArtfixDaily / May 12th, 2021

Japanese artist Takashi Murakami will guest curate Super-Rough, a large-scale group exhibition of close to two hundred sculptural works by approximately 50-60 self-taught, visionary and vernacular folk artists from around the world. Overseen by Murakami, in collaboration with several dozen ...

Explore Scenes of American Impressionists' Winter Haven in the Exhibition 'St. Augustine in a New Light'

ArtfixDaily / May 10th, 2021

A new exhibition from the Lightner Museum explores the work of the American Impressionist painters who wintered in St. Augustine, Florida, at the dawn of the 20th century. St. Augustine in a New Light is on view now through July 5, 2021. The traveling exhibition American Impressionism: ...

Cape Ann and Monhegan Island Vistas: Contrasted New England Art Colonies on View this Summer in Maine

ArtfixDaily / May 10th, 2021

Cape Ann and Monhegan Island Vistas: Contrasted New England Art Colonies will explore the relationship between the historic and still-thriving art colonies of Monhegan, Maine, and Cape Ann, Massachusetts, featuring the work of artists connected with both places. Organized in collaboration with ...

Group Protests The Newark Museum of Art's Planned Sale of Thomas Cole Painting; 'A Senseless Monetization'

The Art Newspaper / May 9th, 2021

Facing $6 million in revenue loss during the pandemic, the temporarily closed Newark Museum of Art will deaccession a number of collection artworks. Critics are particularly decrying the planned sale of “Arch of Nero,” an 1846 painting by Thomas Cole scheduled for sale at Sotheby's on May 19 and ...

Philadelphia Museum of Art Opens New Galleries and Public Spaces in Major Renovation

ArtfixDaily / May 6th, 2021

On May 7, 2021, the Philadelphia Museum of Art unveils to the public the culmination of two decades of planning, design, and construction: a project by the celebrated architect Frank Gehry that represents a major milestone in the renovation, reorganization, and interior expansion of the museum’s ...

Bill and Melinda Gates Are Splitting Up. Now What About Their Art Collection?

ArtfixDaily / May 3rd, 2021

Bill and Melinda Gates are ending their marriage after 27 years, the couple announced via Twitter on Monday. Noting that "..we no longer believe that we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives," their statement says. They have 3 adult children. The pair will continue to ...

Now at Peabody Essex Museum, Traveling Exhibition 'In American Waters' Casts New Light On Our Relationship With the Sea

ArtfixDaily / May 3rd, 2021

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is now showing In American Waters, a painting exhibition that reframes and expands our understanding of American culture and environment by looking at the sea. For over 200 years, American artists have been inspired to capture the beauty, violence, poetry, ...

The Kinsey Collection of African American Art Resumes National Tour

ArtfixDaily / April 29th, 2021

The Gathering Place and Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, will host artworks from the Kinsey collection, beginning May 22 through June 2021 in the ONEOK Boathouse. The collection then travels to Tacoma Art Museum in Washington this summer. The widely acclaimed exhibition, The Kinsey ...

Marie-Josée Kravis Named MoMA Chair, Replacing Leon Black

New York Times / April 29th, 2021

New York's Museum of Modern Art announced on Tuesday that philanthropist Marie-Josée Kravis will replace investor Leon Black as chairman. According to the New York Times, Kravis, said in the virtual board meeting: “I know it’s a huge responsibility. I will try to live up to it.” Businesswoman ...

Samsung Founding Family To Donate Massive Art Collection As $10.8 Billion Inheritance Tax Looms

AP / April 28th, 2021

South Korea's Samsung founding family will donate tens of thousands of artworks and gift hundreds of millions of dollars to medical research to help pay an estimated 12 trillion won ($10.8 billion) in taxes related to inheritance, following the death of chairman Lee Kun-Hee last year, according ...

UC Irvine's Institute and Museum of California Art To Showcase Collection Highlights and Private Loans in 'Radiant Impressions'

ArtfixDaily / April 27th, 2021

UC Irvine's Institute and Museum of California Art (IMCA) will debut a new exhibit, “Radiant Impressions,” upon reopening in May after an over yearlong closure due to the pandemic. Selections of California art, from the IMCA’s permanent collections and private collections, will be exhibited. ...

Browse Art and Antique Finds In The Philadelphia Show With Tastemakers Martha Stewart, Michael Diaz-Griffith, Emma Bazilian and Others

ArtfixDaily / April 27th, 2021

The 2021 Philadelphia Show continues online this week through Friday, April 30, showcasing over 1,000 works of art, antiques, and design from the country's finest dealers. Visitors to the show can return daily to explore new inventory offered by exhibiting dealers. Three new Tastemakers, ...

Smithsonian American Art Museum Plans To Reopen May 14 With New Installations and Extended Exhibitions

ArtfixDaily / April 23rd, 2021

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery, reopen to the public Friday, May 14. This is the second reopening of the museum following closures on March 14, 2020 and on Nov. 23, 2020 as a public health precaution due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The museum ...